en·​camp·​ment | \ in-ˈkamp-mənt , en-\

Definition of encampment

1a : the place where a group (such as a body of troops) is encamped
b : the individuals that make up an encampment
2 : the act of encamping : the state of being encamped

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Synonyms for encampment


bivouac, camp, campground, campsite, hutment

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Examples of encampment in a Sentence

a recreational area that will serve as this year's encampment for the Scouts' jamboree

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But the county is not just clearing out encampments, Leatherman pointed out. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "Why hundreds more homeless camps and tons of garbage have been cleared from popular parkway," 1 June 2018 The city was also seeing a spike in the number of people living on downtown streets in makeshift sidewalk encampments. John Wilkens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "City's shelters falling short of goals in finding permanent housing for the homeless," 17 June 2018 Two migrants drowned this month in canals along encampments and others have been injured amid rising tensions in the filthy, crowded camps, adding pressure for authorities to act. Jeffrey Schaeffer, BostonGlobe.com, "Paris police clear out migrant camp at center of debate," 30 May 2018 While thousands of protesters have demonstrated peacefully in tent encampments set up at five points along the border, some have hurled stones and firebombs and have defied Israeli warnings to stay away from the fence. Iyad Abuheweila And Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "Flaming Kites From Gaza Thwarted by Unfavorable Israeli Winds," 4 May 2018 Look at this, $12 million for homeless encampment housing, just to clean it up, $2.8 million to wash down biohazard material, and $3.1 million for pitstop portable toilets. Fox News, "'Angel moms' weigh in on the immigration debate," 24 Aug. 2018 This little block turned out to represent the hellscape that some neighborhoods in San Francisco have become — and then, within weeks, became part of a crackdown on tent encampments by Mayor Mark Farrell. San Francisco Chronicle, "“There is a suitcase full of human s— on the corner of Isis and 13th,” the email read. “Last night, I had to threaten violence to a man smoking crystal meth on my front porch. This morning, my 2-year-old son and I watched a rat rummage through the trash in our gutter.," 25 June 2018 Activities will include Lincoln-themed films, living-history performances and a Civil War encampment and battle re-enactments. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "Midwest events: Lumberjack championships, a country music festival and more," 22 June 2018 But both countries stepped up aid deliveries into southern Syria to meet the needs of people fleeing their homes to ramshackle encampments along the borders. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "Hundreds of Syrian Rescuers Evacuated as Assad Tightens Grip on Rebel Areas," 22 July 2018

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First Known Use of encampment

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of encampment was in 1598

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en·​camp·​ment | \ in-ˈkamp-mənt \

Kids Definition of encampment

1 : the act of making a camp

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